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COSATU affirms support and fight for public servants in collective bargaining case

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COSATU has reiterated its commitment to public servants, in light of government’s decision to pull out from a binding collective agreement signed in 2018.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) issued a statement on Sunday, 22 August 2021, expressing its full support for all its public service unions and public servants, in their defence of collective bargaining at the Constitutional Court. COSATU noted that the court is set to hear the case on Tuesday, 24 August 2021, over the government’s decision to go back on its promise to honour the binding collective agreement that was signed at the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) in 2018.

The federation conveyed that the matter of salary increases and the implementation of binding agreements should never have been allowed to go unresolved for over two years. It further noted that this confirmed its assertion that the administration is proving to be an unreliable partner on matters involving public servants, as shown by the attempt to exclude the federation from the planned pension withdrawal scheme.

COSATU also stated that it will remain unwavering in its commitment to defending collective bargaining. It further called on workers to remain battle ready to push back on an anti-worker neoliberal offense that has been directed at them, both from the public and private sectors.

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Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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